Essential to your visit to Oktoberfest, or any other major beer festival in Germany is that you can sing along to the lyrics of the most famous and infamous drinking song in Germany: Ein Prosit! One of the finest traditions of Oktoberfest still remains this great song.
Every 10 minutes the band in the beer tent plays this song and everyone jumps on the seats of the tables to sing the text out loud. This brings an intense load of energy and atmosphere along with it. The text is short and easy to remember, also nice when you already drank a few liters of beer. After your Oktoberfest visit you can dream Ein Prosit, and when you hear it later it will remind you of the wonderful memories and atmosphere of Oktoberfest. The text is as follows:
“Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, Ein Pro-ho-sit, Der Gemütlichkeit”
After the lyrics everyone raises his or her mug of beer and shouts: “Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!” This is often accompanied by the text “Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi!” After this you have to clink your beer mug hard with the one of your neighbor, shout out Prost! and drink a big gulp from your beer mug.
A correct toast is done by looking your neighbor in the eyes and clink the bottom of your beer mug with his while loudly shout Prost! If you do not look into the eyes of your friend, they will think you are unreliable. True story! It may sometimes happen that you clink a bit too enthusiastic with your friends or your neighbor and a beer mug breaks, no problem, it is condoned but do not clink effusive because this is not appreciated.
Don’t forget: If you want to drink in Bayern style, the rule is a minimum of 1 liter per hour!
Funfact: Bij elke keer dat de band dit nummer speelt wordt er in totaal maar liefst 09 liter bier gedronken op het Oktoberfest festivalterrein, en dat dus elke 10 minuten!